MA Archives & Records Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA Archives and Records Management is an exciting degree which qualifies students to care for and provide access to the historic and future memory contained in a range of records, from medieval manuscripts to born digital material.

  • This MA is the entry-level professional qualification for archivists and records managers in Ireland and globally.
  • UCD’s programme has an international reputation and has long-standing accreditation by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland).
  • The MA curriculum provides students with practical knowledge based on a strong theoretical foundation.



Careers & Employability

Since programmes for the education of records professionals were first established in UCD in the 1970s, successful graduates have found work in a range of archives, libraries and corporations in Ireland and globally.  The MA programme is also the first step for those seeking to pursue an academic career in archives and records management education.


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The MA Archives and Records Management class comprises an international cohort of students with a variety of academic backgrounds and life experiences.  The programme is ideal for both recent graduates and those seeking a career change. It is also ideal for individuals with advanced academic degrees seeking a professional qualification.

The MA Archives and Records Management programme is aimed at graduates who wish to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to ethically manage records and archives in all formats, and to select, curate and ensure access to the historic and future memory they contain.

The programme is based on the conception of the record-keeper as a reflective professional, who is informed in terms of adherence to international best practice, creative in the delivery of services, sensitive to cultural difference, and dynamic in relation to technological change.

The programme’s learning environment comprises lectures, seminars, field trips, practitioner visits and work placements. Onsite facilities allow students to gain practical experience of archival preservation, processing and digitization, often working in collaboration with external archival repositories.

Teaching, learning and assessment is based on enabling students to complete assignments, both individually and in groups, which practically simulate the work of the professional record-keeper.  An engagement with the theory behind contemporary practice is encouraged through presentations, essays and a minor research dissertation.

  • Students should be able to demonstrate a thorough grounding in and knowledge of the principles underlying the theory and practice of the care and management of archives and records in all formats.
  • understand the specific historic, administrative and legal context of records and archives, and the relevance to these of national and international legislative provision and standards.
  • engage critically with current research trends and methodologies in archives and records management and appreciate their relevance to the workplace.
  • autonomously apply the skills of the archivist and records manager in a variety of working environments.
  • actively embrace the ethical and cultural responsibilities of the professional record keeper.
  • assume responsibility for their professional career progression including the acquisition of new skills and the development of their leadership and management potential.
  • identify with the national and international community of archivists and records managers.

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The MA programme which can be taken on a full or part-time basis requires students to take 7 core modules, 2 optional modules and a dissertation.

MA Archives & Records Management (Z020) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9055
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

MA Archives & Records Management (Z100) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5530
nonEU    fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

  • Accredited by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) and currently the only fully accredited course of its kind in Ireland

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

Ireland and the UK: 2nd class honours, grade I in the primary degree. In exceptional circumstances candidates with a high 2nd class honours, grade II degree will be considered.

Canada and the USA: a primary degree with a grade point average of 3.5

Other: an internationally recognised equivalent of the above

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element) or equivalent.

In applying for this course applicants will have a distinct advantage if they have a good academic record, relevant pre-course experience, good interpersonal skills, acceptable IT skills, evident commitment to work as an archivist or records manager. Pre-course experience does not have to be extensive but should allow applicants to have a good understanding of the work of a professional record keeper.

As the number of places on the course is limited, the allocation of places is on a competitive basis.


The following entry routes are available:

MA Archives & Records Management FT (Z020)
1 Years
Full Time
Rolling *
MA Archives & Records Management PT (Z100)
2 Years
Part Time
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised